Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20981516 Details

Location:Anne Arundel
Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honble the Judges of the orphans court of Anne Arundel County
Filing Date:circa 1815-August-22
Ending Date:1815-August-22

General Petition Information

Abstract:Before leaving for a two-year stay in Europe, John Mercer, guardian to Henry and Nicholas Darnall (the minor heirs of the late slave owner Bennett [Bennitt] Darnall), gave his father, John Frances Mercer, power-of-attorney "to act for him, as well in his private capacity, as also in his character of Guardian." Mercer later gave similar power-of-attorney to George Stewart. Stewart has petitioned the court to revoke Mercer's guardianship and require an account of the trust estate. John Frances Mercer objects to Stewart's actions on the grounds that they are illegal and unnecessary because he expects his son to return soon. Mercer also says that Stewart is "utterly ignorant" of the estate's condition and "cannot be presumed to be able to State it correctly." Mercer asks the court to reject Stewart's petition and rescind any orders passed "in consequence of Such application."
# of Petition Pages:3
Related Documents:PARs #20979115, #20979116, #20979117, #20979118, #20979119, #20979120, #20979121, #20979122, #20979123, #20981126, #20981402, #20981409, #20981410, #20981413, #20981416, #20981417, #20981418, #20981515, #20981609, #20981615, #20981617, #20981714, #20982011 Order, 22 August 1815; Exceptions to Auditor's Report, John Mercer, ca. 1815; First Account, John Mercer to Henry and Nicholas Darnall, ca. 1815 [pages missing]; Correspondence, Benjamin Tucker to John Mercer, ca. 1814 [pages missing], 26 October and 25 June 1814; Notes on First Account [Missing Pages], ca. 1815
Pages of Related Documents:6

People Associated with Petition 20981516

Free Persons of Color:2
Other People:2

Citation Information

Repository: Maryland State Archives, Annapolis, Maryland

  • Register of Wills, 1809-1820 (Petitions and Orders)
  • Page: 395-400; 403-408
  • Microfilm: CR 63,126

Processing Information

Record Created:2/9/2001
Record Final Edited:11/29/2001
Record Last Updated on:11/6/2006 9:13:00 AM